The Monthly Waste Management News Roundup - May

1 May 2019

Here's our waste management news roundup for May 2019

City of Yarra to trial kerbside glass collection

The City of Yarra in Melbourne has announced plans to trial a fourth kerbside glass bin in 1300 Abbotsford households. According to the City of Yarra website, starting in June the city will provide residents with a purple-lidded bin for glass waste in addition to the current garbage, recycling and food and garden waste bins. The trial is estimated to run for 12 months and builds on a successful...

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Single-use plastic bottles now banned by Zoos Victoria

The Victorian Government has announced all single-use plastic bottles will be banned from Zoos Victoria sites in an effort to move towards zero public waste going to landfill. From May 1 single-use plastic bottled water and soft  drinks, along with straws and plastic bags, will no longer be used or sold at Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo or Healesville Sanctuary.

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New composting and renewable energy site opened in South Australia

Organics recycling, composting and renewable energy manufacturer Peats Group have opened a fourth compost and renewable energy site in South Australia. This site, located in the Upper Spencer Gulf Region, is the first of many planned for the region as part of the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages grant incentive - awarded to Peats Group in September 2017. 

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Qantas operates world's first zero waste flight

The first commercial flight to produce no landfill waste took off this morning, as part of Qantas' plan to cut 100 million single-use plastics by end-2020 and eliminate 75 per cent of its waste by 2021. With support from SUEZ, all inflight products on board QFT39 flying from Sydney to Adelaide and staffed by cabin crew from the Qantas 'Green Team', will be disposed of via compost, reuse or recycling.

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Onkaparinga Council to introduce fortnightly green bin collection

The South Australian state government has welcomed the City of Onkaparinga Council's vote to introduce fortnightly green organics waste collection services for its residents. The move now means that all metropolitan councils will, or have moved, towards fortnightly green bin collection, in a bid to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill. David Speirs, Minister for Environment and Water, said...

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Cleanaway trials electric waste collection

The first of two fully electric Cleanaway waste collections vehicles have begun kerbside collections in Victoria as part of a three-month trial. The first vehicle began servicing household collections in Hobsons Bay. City of Greater Geelong and Moonee Valley will also host the vehicle to ensure it is tested across a variety of terrain and different municipal settings. 

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Coles to start selling 'ugly' fruit and vegetables at reduced prices.

Coles shoppers will be able to buy 'ugly' fruit and vegetables at reduced prices as the supermarket giant seeks to reduce its food waste. The company has announced a new program, "I'm Perfect", where customers will be able to buy bags of select fresh produce for cheaper than the standard price. The new program is being trialled in Victoria and South Australia.

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Newly opened Waste treatment plant in Melbourne to process 120,000 tonnes of organic waste per year.

International waste management company Sacyr has opened a waste treatment plant in Melbourne with the capacity to process 120,000 tonnes of organic waste per year. A Sacyr spokesperson said the indoor composting facility will be one of the most advanced of its type in Victoria. "The facility will be used by councils in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, providing...

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Melbourne can expect more electric waste collection vehicles making rounds. 

A new waste contract with WM Waste Management has seen the introduction of several electric waste collection vehicles in the City of Casey in Melbourne. The trucks, produced by Superior Pak in collaboration with SEA Electric, are the first of their kind to be designed and manufactured in Australia. City of Casey Mayor Amanda Stapledon said the vehicles represent a move towards....

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